Tooth Extraction in Evansville
Our goal is to preserve our patients’ teeth. However, there are some instances in which extraction (removal) may be the most appropriate course of action.
For example, an emergency tooth extraction is usually the only way to help someone suffering from a badly fractured tooth.
Other reasons for tooth extraction include:
Overcrowding – Some teeth may need to be removed to make room for braces
Infection – A tooth that’s badly infected, decayed and causing pain may need to be removed, to prevent the infection from spreading
Certain Medical Conditions – A person with a compromised immune system may have difficulty recovering from an infection, so a dentist may recommend dental extraction for an infected tooth, or for a tooth that could become infected
Lack of Supporting Structure – Restorative dental fillings and crowns may help save a badly decayed tooth, but a tooth that’s significantly decayed may be unable to support a crown or filling
Misplaced Teeth – A tooth that’s misaligned to the extent it’s damaging other teeth or causing pain may need to be removed
What To Expect
In a simple tooth extraction, no surgical incisions are necessary. A dentist uses a tooth-pulling tool called an elevator to lift the tooth, then removes it with forceps.
Patients may experience some swelling and discomfort in the first few days after the tooth extraction procedure. While recovering, it’s important to follow aftercare instructions in order for the tooth’s socket to heal.
Removing Front or Back Teeth
In molar (back) tooth extractions, a replacement for the extracted tooth may not be necessary if other molars are healthy enough to effectively chew and grind food.
The front teeth are more specialized, however, and a missing incisor or canine tooth can interfere with the ability to bite into food, and also leaves a gap in one’s smile. A permanent dental implant or a dental bridge can fill the gap left by an extracted tooth and preserve the integrity of one’s bite.
A tooth extraction procedure may sound intimidating, but it’s a simple way to resolve some common dental problems. Dental Associates West hopes to preserve and protect patients’ natural teeth when possible, but we always inform patients of every option available to them, including extractions, so they can make informed choices about their oral health.
If you’re in need of dental care, contact us today to schedule an appointment.